Fairline Targa 65 GT | Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe | Bluewater 2850 - 07/13/2019
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Most Popular Boats of the Week

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Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
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Monday #1

Fairline Targa 65 GT:
The Pride of the Targa Line

Fairline Targa 65 GT
When sporty styling meets luxury accommodations, the result is the Fairline 65 GT -- the flagship of the Targa lineup.

With the sophisticated design and styling of Alberto Mancini, the Fairline Targa 65 GT is a classic example of beauty and poise on the water. With an open layout and roomy social zones, this graceful yacht can be enclosed for climate control or opened up to seamlessly blend the inside with the outside. Either way, the sheer amount of glass makes it feel as if it’s all outside. She has an optional four-cabin layout and power ranging from twin 1150-hp CAT C18 motors with a total of 2300-hp. We’ll be testing this boat-full of luxury soon, but in the meantime, take a look at what’s coming. More...

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Tuesday #1

Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe:
Quiet Ride in a Stylish Coupe

Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe
Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe

The Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe features aggressive styling that gives her a sporty and modern look. The hardtop and full side windows provide complete protection for the helm area when desired. Add the optional generator plus AC/heat and she’s a three-season weekender. Or, slide open the forward vent, side windows and the powered sunroof to opt for natural ventilation when conditions warrant. Our test boat was powered by a pair of muscular 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAGs, but noise levels were minimal thanks to the company’s extensive “Quiet Ride” technology insulating noise and vibration -- just 88 dBa at the helm at a full throttle of 36.8 mph and 85 dBa at a 31.0 mph cruise. More...

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Wednesday #1

Fleming 55:
Long-Range Cruiser Welcoming Liveaboards

Fleming 55

The Fleming 55 is the archetypal long-range cruiser -- with an upswept bow, Portuguese bridge, ample bulwarks forward and a sharp forward entry to deliver a buttery-smooth ride at the typical off-plane cruising speed. There are no chines forward to create annoying wave-slap at night and the flying bridge has plenty of space for the ship’s boat and a davit to get it aboard. Her sheathed keel extends well below the props, a big plus when exploring coastal waters. She is designed for seasoned cruising couples who might just want to take that long hop to Hawaii. At 7.4 knots, we project she has a range of 2,788 nautical miles. But, her twin Cummins QSC 500s allow her to get on plane to outrun a storm. Top speed was 18.2 knots. It doesn’t hurt that she’s also beautifully-finished. More...

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Thursday #1

Donzi 41 GT:
Very Fast Dayboat w/Compact Cabin

Donzi 41 GT
Donzi 41 GT

With the Donzi nameplate, you know the 41 GT is going to be fast, and she did not disappoint in our tests. Powered with triple Mercury 400 Rs, she had a top speed of 81.0 mph! She also provides plenty of comfortable seating so feel free to bring along friends to enjoy the thrilling ride, with chaise type lounges both in the cockpit and at the bow as well as added seating overlooking the transom. There’s a refrigerated drawer amidships. She tucks a compact cabin below, including a settee, table and a hideaway flushing head. She’s clearly a dayboat, but she could handle an overnight for two if desired. More...

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Friday #1

Bluewater 2850:
Bracket-Mounted Evinrude E-TEC 300s, ICON Touch Monitoring

Bluewater 2850
Bluewater 2850

Check out this test report on the Bluewater 2850 with a pair of Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s mounted on an Armstrong bracket on the back. The high-torque direct-injected 2-strokes pushed the 8,251 lb. (3,743 kg) package up on plane in 5.0 seconds and top speed was 46.8 mph with 19” (48 cm) propellers. Single-tube rigging made possible by the all-digital outboards with integrated steering and tilt and trim keeps the transom area clean, which is a big plus in a fishing boat like this one where a lot of action takes place aft. The ICON Touch engine panel allows customization of information displayed and handling inputs. It includes the homepage with general cruising and performance information, a fuel/fluids page, engine page, vessel page, trip page and lots more. More...

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